Richa Chadha on her first production, next web series based on IPL and writing a book

With critically acclaimed films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Masaan among others, Richa Chadda, with her unconventional career choices and impressive acting skills, has definitely created a niche for herself in Bollywood.
Besides penning a book and setting up a business for the creative fraternity, the actress has gone behind the camera to produce a Punjabi short film Khoon Aali Chithi.
The film which was premiered at the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne, explores an innocent love story set against the backdrop of the turmoil in Punjab in the early 90s, which ends in tragic circumstances.On turning producer, Richa says that it has made her look at her acting profession in a different light:“It is a different feeling when you are on the other side of the camera. You understand the value of money. I have started looking at things from a different perspective. During the making of the film, I felt that actors can be very trivial in the larger scheme of things. I was at times left wondering that why give a vanity van, make-up artist and spot boy to an actor.”
Talking about the film’s subject, she says, “I was born in Punjab, my dad is a Punjabi and I personally feel that the state has been through a lot if you look at the history of India. It was the first state to get invaded. It has suffered since independence, whether it was partition, the Suba movement in the 70s, the Separatist movement in the late 80s, Operation Blue Star and how that continued till the early 90s. Even now the state is suffering because of drugs menace. My film is the love story of a teenager.”
However, the actress is tight-lipped about the project: “It is a business for creative people. Logos and trade-marking has been done, but I can’t reveal much at this point of time,” says Richa, adding, “Acting is something I don’t work very hard on, I feel it is a natural gift that I have. I work hard on other things like writing. I am also learning music, my brother is a musician. I feel if we have brains we must use it.” She continues, “This is the time when we need more female business persons, female business leaders and female producers. Women who have financial power, women who are not getting married because they think if there is husband, money will be pumped in…I want to break these myths and stereotypes. I want to inspire women, I want to be that kind of role model and not somebody who’s just modelling and selling products and beckoning people with, ‘Hey, Look at my shoes’. Ya, you can look at my shoes, My shoes will always look great. But look at the other things I am doing. I want to inspire people, I want to tell women that you can multi-task, all you have to do is budget your time correctly.”
“I am very much invested in the project. I can’t reveal much about my role but I can only say that the film is on human sex trafficking and when I took up the cause last year I actually drew inspiration from this film,” says the actress, who is also excited about Fukrey Returns and a ‘Video on Demand’ that she is doing for Amazon.

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